So, what can I see and do there? Maybe one week isn't enough!


A selection of tours and activities no more than 150 km from the house. Some are full day excursions. Some will fill an afternoon. Some will only last an hour.What tempts you?


Terra Vinea Just south of Narbonne is a fascinating wine cave in an old gypsum mine. We would have lunch in the village and tour the cave.
Le Salin de L'Île St-Martin Visit a sea salt enterprise and learn how they make salt.
Mirepoix, Camon, Fanjeaux & Montréal Four ancient towns. Mirepoix has an excellent market on Mondays. Camon is walled town, Fanjeaux is connected to St. Dominic and Montréal is the centre of the Malepère wine district
Narbonne Original Roman capital of the region. A beautiful town with a great history.We could also take a detour to its great beach.
Minerve & Azillanet Minerve was a stronghold of the Cathars, the first Europeans to feel the sting of a crusade. Azillanet is home to a very good vineyard and the wine-tasting is excellent.
Albi The home of Toulouse-Lautrec, including a museum dedicated to his drawings and sketches. The Basilica of St-Cecile is incredible, too.
Carcassonne The nearest major town to the house, Carcassonne consists of not one but two ancient and walled towns. It has a good market 3 times a week, too.
The Royal Marble Quarry Up the hill from Caunes, the quarry is a fascinating spot, a pleasant walk and a spectacular view.
Rieux Minervois
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Notre Dame du Cros
Rieux, one of the neighbouring towns has an amazing heptagonal church. Notre Dame du Cros is a gorgeous romanesque chapel set in spendid scenery.
The Roman Bridge Just north of the village on the river Argent Double is one of two surviving Roman bridges. A very scenic walk with fresh figs to munch along the way.
Amphoralis In Sallèles d'Aude, this museum is on the site of an ancient Roman wine jug manufactory.
A Picnic
by the
Canal
One of the pleasures of the region is to picnic beside the Canal du Midi
Homps for lunch and a cruise Homps is a port on the Canal and offers a good restaurant for a leisurely lunch and a chance for an afternoon's cruise on the 300 year old canal.
Grotte de Limousis An enjoyable tour of amazing limestone caves not far from the village
Toulouse The Capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region of France, Toulouse is a beautiful, thriving city.
Cassoulet lunch Cassoulet is one of the glories of the southwest of France. We will sample this creation in a very pleasant outdoor setting.
Drive through the Pyrénées to Perpignan A full day excursion driving west from the village, south through the buttresses of the Pyrénées and visiting the old palace of the Kings of Majorca
Oppidum d'Unsérune This pre-Roman habitation is fascinating to tour and provided incredible views of the surrounding countryside
Bize-Minervois The ancient town of Bize is a great walk. The drive to it through the gorge of the Cesse is breathtaking. Their olive oil is delicious!
Moulin à Papiers
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St-Papoul
Visit to the old paper mill and lear how paper was made in the past. Visit to St-Papoul, an 11th century monestary just recently restored.

Béziers Perched on a cliff over its river, this town is the birthplace of the builder of the Canal du Midi. It also has beautiful ancient monuments and great views, as you could imagine.
Gruissan & Gruissan Plage Gruissan in an old fishing port on the Mediterranean. Now it is a hub for the surrounding resorts. Also home to the Les Salins salt company.

Collioure Almost to the Spanish border, this former fishing village is a stylish mix of local colour and and scenery. The drive down the coast is breathtaking.
Our café Hang out with a pastis on the terrasse of the main town café
cafe
Caunes Our own town has lots to see including an abbaye started by Charlemagne and some beautiful Renaissance houses. Well worth exploring. The Abbaye reception also has a computer of public use to go on the internet. Very handy.
Food Markets Almost every town and village has a regular market day or days. It's well worth the time to visit them to buy a picnic lunch, staple or things for dinner. The prices are always excellent and your getting local produce and handcrafted products like cheese, wine, sausages, honey, butter, and locally grown meats and eggs.
Noilly Prat Vermouth Visit the Noilly Prat Vermouth production Facility on the coast of the Mediterranean. They provide an interesting tour and a delicious tasting.
noilly Prat